by: Michael S Sheaffer
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Note from Michael S Sheaffer:
As a kid I spent my summers on the beaches in the state of Delaware. The “Small Wonder” state as it billed itself, left memories of a lifetime on me with which I still drift back into from time to time in my mind. With family living in southern Delaware I moved there to attend the 8th grade. Attending Selbyville Middle school in Selbyville Delaware, I learned quite a bit about Delaware History…..(and working on chicken farms!)….If you are from southern Delware you know what I mean!. To this day I have fond memories of my time spent there and still maintain contact with family and friends. So as I decided which society to focus on, I just decided to go back to my roots in a way. As I went through the Delaware Historical Society website I came across this project “Rally Round The Flags“ which is a point of focus for the society. I hope you will enjoy this focus as much as I have! -Mike
Tattered from proud service in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, the U.S. and regimental flags of the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry have been in the collections of the Delaware Historical Society since 1884. They provide a precious direct connection to the brave Delaware soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The flags required professional conservation and custom-made mounts allow them to continue to serve today through public exhibition and education.
n 2013, the Delaware Historical Society mounted a campaign to raise $30,000 to save these Delaware treasures as part of the Historical Society’s 150th anniversary celebration that took place throughout 2014. With the support of many donors, the goal was reached. The flags underwent treatment in Philadelphia and are now preserved and available for future display when the Delaware History Museum and Old Town Hall.Rally Round the Flags
For more read here at: Rally Round the Flags